President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a complete disaster. The president has made it very clear that he does not trust the word of the United States intelligence community when it comes to the alleged notion that Russia interfered with the 2016 election — even though there is evidence that is rather concrete and valid.
Trump is very polarizing, with the majority of Democrats loathing him, while still having solid approval ratings with Republicans. When it comes to controversies, reactions typically go down the partisan lines. But with this recent disaster, even ardent supporters of Donald Trump are calling him out on his uncanny ability to court would-be dictators.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been one of the initial backers and supporters of Trump. But on Monday, even he had to tweet his disapproval. He declared that Trump’s performance at the news conference was “the most serious mistake of his presidency.”
President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 16, 2018
Gingrich’s response came after Trump challenged his own intelligence community, instead choosing to align himself with Putin. Rather than consulting the myriad of professionals and experts that represented the backbone of the intelligence community, he decided to go out on a whim and use his intuition:
They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia.”
That’s Trump’s expert assessment of Putin.
The summit couldn’t have gone better for the Russian President. Trump has already been prepping to be a cheerleader before he even met Putin. Trump criticized NATO allies and called the European Union a “foe” during a television interview. On Monday, Trump also congratulated Russia for hosting the soccer World Cup, totally using a jubilant tone instead of mentioning the sanctions on Russia or the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.
Trump and Putin, best friends forever.
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